Books for Tweens and Teens

I have been collecting tween and teen books on *all things* for many years, for the various schools I have worked at and for my own children. I’m not a doctor, psychologist, or high school teacher (definitely not an expert), but between a shelf full of books with *all things* and hopefully some good communication, I’m going to do my best parenting. of teenage children.

Books give us the words when we don’t have any or want to make sure we say the right things. Books dealing with adolescence, written by authorities in the field, are a much more reliable source of accurate information than their peers or the vast murky, unfiltered sea of ​​information online.

In addition to being written by experts, I also have a personal criteria for puberty books: I like them to be informative, engaging, authentic, and research-based. Below is my list of “must haves” for your tween or teen’s library.

I first gave some of the books below to PudStar with a biome skincare kit and my favorite deodorant in the world (Why didn’t I know about this dry deodorant business a long time ago?!) so I could start a simple face and body routine with no-fuss, ethical products. You mostly just use them to make your side of the bathroom bench look fancy, but just like books, they’re there when you want or need them.

Many of these books seem marketed for a female audience. Publishers make decisions about cover design and content to better position their product in a competitive market. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: books are books and books are for everyone. The information in these books is solid and frankly I think these books could/should be read by all young people. Understanding the way bodies of all stripes work is information we should be putting together everybody our young people with

If you are looking for some books for young children, you absolutely MUST have ‘The amazing true story of how babies are made’ for a totally no-nonsense look at bodies and reproduction. It’s like an updated version of ‘Where I Came From’ and my full review is here. Even for the youngest children, I love board books. ‘The boys will be…’ Y ‘The girls are pretty…’.

‘The amazing true story of how babies are made’

by Fiona Katauskas

‘The girls are pretty…’

by Susan Hoffmann

‘The boys will be…’

by Susan Hoffmann


Books for tweens

(please review the content to see if it is suitable for your child)

‘Girls things for girls from 8 to 12 years old’

by Kaz Cooke

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‘nice selfie’

by Turia Pitt

‘I love your body’

by Jessica Sanders. Illustrated by Carol Rossetti

‘You are awesome’

by Matthew Syed

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Diary ‘You are amazing’

by Matthew Syed

the brave girl

by Caroline Paul

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teen books

(please review the content to see if it is suitable for your child)

‘Welcome to consent’

by Yumi Stynes ​​and Dr. Melissa Kang.

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‘Girly stuff for over 13s’

by Kaz Cooke

‘The ‘S’ Word: A Kids’ Guide to Sex, Puberty, and Growing Up’

by James Roy

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‘Welcome to your period’

by Yumi Stynes ​​and Dr. Melissa Kang

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‘You are awesome’

by Matthew Syed

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Diary ‘You are amazing’

by Matthew Syed

‘The Confidence Code for Girls’

by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

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‘nice selfie’

by Turia Pitt

‘Respect: everything a guy needs to know about sex, love and consent’

by Inti Chavez Perez

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‘Be Brave: Be Your Best Self Every Day’

by Teen Breathe

‘What is consent? Why is it important and other big questions?

by Louise Spilsbury and Yas Necati

Expect wonderful things’

by Meredith Gaston

Finally…one thing PudStar and I did with a group of friends a while ago was make some of our own skin care products – tweens and teens need to shower and I don’t know about you…

We use some of the books below to make our own lotions, potions, and generally great smelling stuff. The raw products were from Biome’s range of DIY ingredients. here. We had a second day to do *all the stuff* with the cousins ​​and we also did soap and beeswax wraps. Best.holiday.fun.ever.ever and they all smelled amazing.


DIY products for home and bathroom

The Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners

by Kelly Cable

beeswax alchemy

by Petra Ahnert

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adorable bubble bath crafts

by Brittany Pyper

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handmade beauty

by Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton


This post was originally published in September 2019 and was recently updated.

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